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Schedule 6 - CSCI: supplementary

Part of Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 4th June 2003.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Education) 3:00 pm, 4th June 2003

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that comment. There is a particular issue relating to children. Society as a whole wants to ensure that children who are not in a position to fight their own corner, as they do not have age or experience, are adequately protected. None the less I agree, as I too have regular dealings in my constituency with people who have learning disabilities and those who have mental health problems. I want to see this organisation do the job for them.

I do not disagree with the aspirations of the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam. In order to keep the

Bill simple, however, it is the Committee's message to those who are going to work for CSCI—and the intention of the whole House—that we expect them to ensure that they look after the interests of those vulnerable people. I am not persuaded that we need to add to the Bill to achieve that.